I use these for wet weather bike commuting in Seattle. I've had full-leg Goretex paclite pant that I've used and never really liked due to the condensation build up in side. The Active Shell is super lite, but seems durable so far. I don't know it would survive a slide across asphalt and road grit, but not much will. I like the knicker length of these, it vents much better. Personally, I only need protection on the tops of my legs. My calfs will get we, but never cold. Great protection from the rain, as with all Gore-tex, but it's light and breathable enough to stay cool when the sun does pop out. They pack down to nothing. I will buy them again if I ever need to.